Leafy Green Observations

Seven full days of eating a vegan diet.  I did it!  No eggs, milk, cheese, whey, cheeseburgers or ice-cream.  Just like I said after one full day of vegan eating, it wasn’t that hard to go a full week.

Some things I noticed…

Things taste reeaallly good.  I used to see foodie tweets and Instagrams and didn’t understand why people felt the need to share every flipping meal that they eat.  I get it now.  Not that I’m going to start doing that, but, I now understand how excited that person is about their lunch.  Eating real food makes a happy feeling similar to runner’s high.

My belly is less bloated.  My pants are already feeling looser.  *LIKE!!*

I’ve had some good workouts.  I did a long 3000 yards in the pool last week, and a relatively zippy 10 miler on Saturday. 

People are genuinely interested and supportive.  I’ve had quite a few people reach out to me last week offering advice and recipes.  What a kind gesture!  It really helps make this venture more welcoming. And thanks to Diana for making a tofu dinner item for your Packer Party, I was in a happy place!

I’m spending more quality happy time with my husband in the kitchen.  We’re having a blast packing our lunches in the morning, bouncing ideas off of each other, and making sandwiches with smiley faces on them.   

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It’s an adventure trying to new-to-me foods.  Last week I tried a rutabaga.  I didn’t like it, but now I know!  I also had spaghetti squash for the first time.  It was odd, but I’d try it again.  To add to the adventure of new foods, we tried a new restaurant called The Green Owl.  It’s local, its walking distance, it has a menu full of vegan choices, and omg it was probably the best meal I’ve ever eaten while dining out.

My dog no longer begs while I’m eating.  He wants nothing to do with the vegetables! 

One week in, I feel like we’re off to a good start!

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20 thoughts on “Leafy Green Observations

  1. This is a great post! I don’t know that I could ever go vegan but I do pescatarian or vegetarian naturally once or twice a week.

    When I reduced how much processed food I was eating and starting eating whole foods I had a similar experience. Everything taste so good! And real! Now whenever i eat processed foods it’s gross.

  2. It is actually a pretty easy switch. I did it for close to 3 months. I fell off the wagon from Thanksgiving to New Years but I am trying to go back. I found it was a nice way to keep me from eating a lot of processed foods I enjoyed before.

  3. Spaghetti Squash, Butternut Squash, yellow squash….YUMMM! While we are not vegan we ARE what I call perimeter eaters….we don’t consume anything from the center isles of the store….girls gotta have her meat cheese!! My kids have never known anything else…they are the only ones who pack veggies, fruit and yogurt for lunch!! 🙂 Good boys!!

  4. It will be interesting to see and hear if your tastes also change over time. Although not vegan, I recently changed to a more whole food / paleo eating style and over a few weeks time found I actually craved and enjoyed vegetables I would have went out of my way to avoid before.

  5. This is awesome – so glad its working out for you! And its interesting to hear how its affecting your daily life. Not sure its for me, but I do like hearing about it. Keep us updated!

  6. Rutabagas are one of our family favorites, but they’re definitely an acquired taste. My mom boils them, drains the water, and adds butter (are you allowed to eat ghee) and salt. I am on day three of a spaghetti squash because I’m the only one eating all of the leftovers. So luckily it’s awesome. And agree so much on the taste changes and wanting to take pictures of everything I eat now. Definitely not as interesting to take a pic of me and my Moon Pie.

  7. I’m glad it’s going so well, and your training is improved because of it! I’m having spaghetti squash tonight, it’s best when roasted in the oven, though I know lots of people who cook it in the microwave. I’m attempting to make it in the crock-pot, hope it doesn’t suck!

  8. Awesome! You might be inspiring me to try another vegetarian week or streak soon. Still pondering. I know what you mean about the taste of food changing. I noted that the more I got the fast/processed foods out of our diet and became more of a “perimeter eater” as someone above called it – my tastebuds changed. Real food started tasting fantastic & processed food started tasting like crap. Seriously went from eating Lean Cuisines at lunch almost daily to barely being able to stand them at all. Of course, I don’t like the way microwaved food tastes either, but that’s just my (& my husband’s) oddity as I’ve been told. Likewise, when I drastically reduced pastas & carb heavy foods, I stopped craving them. Lately they’ve been creeping back into my diet and the cravings have started back up – gotta nip that in the bud before my ass finds out I’ve been cheating on my jeans size.

  9. Congrats on your first week! 3 weeks in for me, and I plan to remain primarily vegan after the end of January (which is when my experiment was supposed to end). I don’t miss meat at all, or yogurt either.

    I always ate lots of vegetables, but have tried a few new things – acorn and butternut squash? YUM!! Spaghetti squash? Not my thing. 🙂

    Good luck with your journey, and with training for IMWI!

    • Your almond milk is okay! Anything made with eggs, whey, dairy, milk, animal products. Just gotta check the labels. Lots of veggies!

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